A LITTLE BIT OF OUR HISTORY
Our roots are strong in the city
of Spokane, and we're proud of where we are today.
In 2004, Eastern Washington University’s (EWU) Institute for Policy and Economic Analysis commenced the Community Indicators Initiative (CII). This initiative involved the collection of data - or indicators - to assess the state of the Spokane community in terms of economic vitality, education, health, environment and numerous other factors.
A group of community leaders involved in the CII process recognized the value of the indicators for identifying priority community problems and for measuring change on these issues over time. These leaders represented local government, businesses, nonprofit organizations and local funders. With the vision to prioritize community action to measurably improve the community, these leaders launched Priority Spokane.
VIEW A .PDF OF BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT PRIORITY SPOKANE
Health Affairs wrote an in depth article about the astonishing rise of graduation rates in Spokane titled, "Spokane County: A Community Comes Together To Improve Health And Education For Every Child". Click the button below to read more.
The Spokesman Review, a well known and loved newspaper in the Spokane community, wrote an article about our success. Click the button below to view it.
READ MORE FROM THE SPOKESMAN REVIEW HERE
READ MORE FROM HEALTH AFFAIRS HERE
HOW WE'VE BEEN SUCCESSFUL
Community vitality is important to us.
We're extremely proud of what we've accomplished in Spokane.
We've found a 3-5 year system that works.
Here's an infographic that shows how we determine and achieve our goals.
In 2006, the Spokane Public School's graduation rate was less than 60 percent. With the help of Priority Spokane, it had surpassed 80 percent by 2014.
WE WON AN AWESOME AWARD: THE RWJF CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE!!!!!
We're super duper excited that we earned a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant! Check out this video!!
READ MORE ABOUT HOW WE EARNED THE GRANT AND WHAT IT'S FOR!!
RWJF has an article graciously written about Priority Spokane.
READ MORE ABOUT RWJF AND OUR AWARD
2010 FINAL REPORT: GONZAGA PROJECT
Gonzaga was instrumental in reaching our goals
for increasing graduation rates. View their final report,
Gonzaga's Dr. Jon Sunderland, Dr. John Traynor, Dr. Jonas Cox and Katherine Kaiser published a final report on June 30th, 2010 showing a comprehensive gathering of research and work for the Priority Spokane Educational Attainment Research Project. The main focus for the team on this project was enhancing middle school student experiences with strategies to increase the graduation rate in Spokane Public Schools